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Statuette Metoko/Leka du Bukota (N° 17516)

This figure comes from the Metoko located in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, monotheism rare in Africa. This piece, cut in three superimposed orange volumes, would form the embodiment of a primordial ancestor. Their company, Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami Lega. Their sculptures, influenced by the neighbouring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role in initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had an educational name and meaning, just like the Lega traditions. The Lekas share with the Metoko the institution of the bukota , for which they have figures carved for a didactic purpose.

ascreted ediblepatine, residual ekaolin inlays on the face, cracks.
Sources: Art and Life in Africa C.D.Roy Congo River F. Neyt.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm27
Width6 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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